Igglybuff Guide: Who Left Jigglypuff In The Drier?

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The Pokemon roster is an ever-growing list of incredible and uniquely designed creatures. Each of these creatures has several diverse abilities, move sets, evolutions, and many more small details which make up their impressive resume. However, the problem is that with almost one thousand Pokemon to choose from which have been added over the franchise’s twenty-five-year run, it can be difficult to absorb all the information thrown your way.

So with this in mind, we have come up with a series of Pokemon essential handbooks. These handbooks aim to document every key bit of info for every single Pokemon out there. Allowing you to get the most out of your Pokemon and train them to be the best that they can be.

In this guide, we take a look at Igglybuff, the pre-evolution of the generation one fan favorite, Jigglypuff. So without further delay, here is our Igglybuff essential handbook.

What Is Igglybuff?

Igglybuff is a generation II Pokemon that is the pre-evolution of both Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff. This Pokemon was one of the first batches of pre-evolution Pokemon, a trend that would fade after the third generation. This Pokemon is dual-type consisting of normal and fairy. However, fairy-type Pokemon were only introduced in the fifth generation so this Pokemon was originally a normal type Pokemon.

In terms of Igglybuff’s appearance, this Pokemon has a strong resemblance to the Pokemon in its evolutionary tree. It’s a small but rotund Pokemon that has a shape on its head resembling clubs in a card set and has a spiral marking on its forehead. Its eyes make up most of the facial structure with large pupils and red coloring. Then for the color palette of the Pokemon itself, it is a pale pink color much like its evolutionary tree. However, in extreme temperatures, this can change to deep pink.

This Pokemon is known to exhibit behaviors similar to Jigglypuff. The Pokemon is elastic, agile, and can bounce around causing havoc. Plus, the Pokemon is known to sing. However, not for extended periods of time as the Pokemon is still in its infancy and has underdeveloped vocal cords.

Igglybuff is number 174 in the Pokedex, is 0.3 meters tall, about one kilogram in weight, and has a catch rate of 32.4%.

Does Igglybuff Appear in the Pokemon Anime?

As you would imagine with Igglybuff being a generation two Pokemon and the popularity of Jigglypuff in the original anime. Igglybuff has been involved in the Pokemon anime, making several major appearances. The first was in Same Old Song and Dance, an episode where Brittney’s Igglybuff’s named Gigglybuff and Gigglybiff were planning on entering a singing competition, much to the dismay of Jigglypuff.

The second major appearance came in the episode The Brockster Is In! In this episode, Norma Jean’s Igglybuff gets badly poisoned by a Tentacruel. So Brock uses his Chansey to help, using the move soft boiled to heal the Igglybuff. These are the main appearances where Igglybuff has been front and center. However, there are several episodes where Igglybuff had a cameo role:

  • Pikachu & Pichu
  • A Double Dilemma
  • A Fan with a Plan
  • Off The Unbeaten Path!
  • Hungry For the Good Life!
  • Arceus and the Jewel of Life
  • A-League of His Own!
  • The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!

Does Igglybuff Appear in the Pokemon Movie?

Yes, Igglybuff does make a couple of appearances in the Pokemon movies. However, despite this Pokemon’s tenure within the series and the video games, the role that this Pokemon played was only a very small, cameo appearance in both movies that it featured in.

In The Power of Us, Igglybuff can be seen in a scene alongside three unnamed trainers. Whereas in I Chose You, Igglybuff stars briefly in an establishing shot where the Pokemon is chased by a Chikorita. As this Pokemon is a pre-evolution, we wouldn’t hold our breath when it comes to waiting for a leading role for Igglybuff. However, if the context of a story allows for it, we are sure this Pokemon will pop up again.

How Good is the Igglybuff Pokemon Trading Card?

As Igglybuff has been around since the days of Pokemon Silver, Gold, and Crystal, it’s hardly surprising that this Pokemon has been subjected to several TCG cards. Igglybuff at the current time of writing has been included in nine different Pokemon cards. The first card debuted in the Wizards Black Star Promos card packs, so we will focus on the original here.

The original Igglybuff card has a very cute art style but that’s about as much praise as we can offer. As in battle, this card is a defensive stall option with no means of attacking. The purpose of this Pokemon is to get Jigglypuff into battle and then subsequently, Wigglytuff. However, it’s a rather long-winded process for a relatively average reward. So we would suggest you go with different tactics within a competitive contest. However, it is a cute card to add to your collection.

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The best card of the nine on offer is the EX Crystal Guardians Igglybuff. This card gives the player the ability to evacuate all evolutionary variants of Igglybuff out of battle which can be situationally helpful.

However, the real alluring aspect of this card is the baby evolution ability that allows you to turn any Igglybuff into a Jigglypuff and remove all damage counters as a result, which is a great way to render your opponent’s attacks useless. However, no matter what Igglybuff card you choose, we can almost guarantee that there is a better option out there for faster, more aggressive play.

IgglyBuff in the Pokemon Video Games

Igglybuff has been involved for quite some time within the series, joining in the first batch of pre-evolutions alongside Pokemon like Elekid for example. So for that reason, they have been around in pretty much every Pokemon game since short of some spin-off titles.

However, you might want some clarity on that and we are more than happy to provide it. Here is a quick list of all the Pokemon games that Igglybuff fits into:

  • Pokemon Gold
  • Pokemon Silver
  • Pokemon Crystal
  • Pokemon Ruby
  • Pokemon Sapphire
  • Pokemon Emerald
  • Pokemon Fire Red
  • Pokemon Leaf Green
  • Pokemon Coliseum
  • Pokemon XD
  • Pokemon Diamond
  • Pokemon Pearl
  • Pokemon Platinum
  • Pokemon Heart Gold
  • Pokemon Soul Silver
  • Pokemon Pal Park
  • Pokemon Black
  • Pokemon White
  • Pokemon White II
  • Pokemon Black II
  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Channel
  • Pokemon Pinball
  • Pokemon Trozei
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Time
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Darkness
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Sky
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush

Also, it is worth noting that while this Pokemon did exist when Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee were released. Due to those games being direct remakes of the original Pokemon titles, this Pokemon did not feature.

What Moves Does Igglybuff Learn?

Igglybuff learns several physical, healing, fairy, and contest-friendly moves. Making this Pokemon a viable option for both battling in certain contexts and providing support in duo battles. However, the moves that can be learned without an evolution are rather limited. Here is a rundown of all the moves that Igglybuff can learn:

Learned Moves:

  • Sing
  • Pound
  • Copycat
  • Defense curl
  • Sweet kiss
  • Disarming voice
  • Disable
  • Charm

Taught Moves

  • Mega kick
  • Mega punch
  • Solar beam
  • Thunder wave
  • Dig
  • Screech
  • Light screen
  • Reflect
  • Safeguard
  • Rest
  • Snore
  • Protect
  • Icy wind
  • Charm
  • Attract
  • Rain dance
  • Sunny day
  • Facade
  • Helping hand
  • Fake tears
  • Bounce
  • Fling
  • Round
  • Draining kiss
  • Misty terrain
  • Bodyslam
  • Flamethrower
  • Psychic
  • Fireblast
  • Substitute
  • Sleep talk
  • Endure
  • Shadow ball
  • Uproar
  • Hyper voice
  • Grass knot
  • Work up
  • Wild charge
  • Play rough

Breeding moves:

  • Covet
  • Gravity
  • Heal pulse
  • Last resort
  • Perish song
  • Present
  • Wish

What is Igglybuff Weak/Strong Against?

As mentioned, Jigglypuff is a normal/fairy dual-type Pokemon. This means that they will have several weaknesses but also, a handful of resistances too. It’s a rather middle-of-the-road sort of Pokemon, meaning that no matter how much tactical planning goes into making this Pokemon a force to be reckoned with, you will always find that there is some other Pokemon that will rip you apart with minimal effort. Here is a list of all the weaknesses and resistances that Igglybuff has:


  • Poison
  • Steel


  • Bug
  • Dark


  • Ghost
  • Dragon

What Abilities Does Igglybuff Have?

Igglybuff goes with a variety of abilities. Two of which come as standard and one is a hidden ability. Here is a list of the abilities that Igglybuff can have and a description of the ability:

  • Cute Charm: infatuates the foe on contact, meaning that they may be infatuated and immobilized by love.
  • Competitive: When a stat has been lowered by a foe, the SP attack will increase
  • Friend Guard: In a duo battle, this ability reduces the damage that allies will take by 25%

How to Catch an Igglybuff in the Pokemon Games?

In a handful of Pokemon games such as the more recent ones like Pokemon Sun and Moon, Igglybuff can be caught in the wild through a natural encounter. However, since this Pokemon’s introduction, this has not been the standard way to get your hands on this cute pre-evolution. In most games, the way to get your hands on this Pokemon is to breed either a Jigglypuff or a Wigglytuff in the Pokemon Daycare center. This will lead to your receiving an egg and after pacing around for a while, out will pop a fresh, new Igglybuff.

Is Igglybuff a Rare Pokemon?

If we are speaking purely based on natural encounters, then yes, Igglybuff is absolutely a rare Pokemon, as are all pre-evolution Pokemon. However, considering that the Pokemon Daycare has been a staple of the series since the video game series began and breeding has become a more and more popular aspect of the game over time.

We would say that it’s easier than ever to get your hands on an Igglybuff. Most players know the limited number of pre-evolution Pokemon in existence and understand that some breeding knowledge is needed to complete their Pokedex. So we would say that Igglybuff is a fairly common Pokemon.

Does Igglybuff Evolve?

Yes, Igglybuff evolves into a fan favorite first-gen Pokemon, Jigglypuff. Which then, in turn, evolves into the more rough and ready, Wigglytuff. An Igglybuff will evolve into a Jigglypuff when the trainer has reached a certain friendship level with their Pokemon.

Then when this Pokemon turns into a Jigglypuff, you can immediately force another evolution if you so desire. All you have to do is use a moonstone and you will have fully evolved your Igglybuff into a much more burly and battle-ready Wigglytuff.

What are Igglybuff’s Base Stats?

Igglybuff is a Pokemon that is best known for its ability to survive and deal damage with special attacks. While its defensive stats and speed stats aren’t the best, the Pokemon has a strong HP counter, which when paired with healing moves like wish or rest, can make this Pokemon a great stalling option. Here is a list of Igglybuff’s base stats:

  • HP: 90
  • Attack: 30
  • Defense: 15
  • SP Attack: 40
  • SP Defense: 20
  • Speed: 15

What Does a Shiny Igglybuff Look Like?

A shiny Igglybuff is sadly not much to write home about. It’s one of the shiny Pokemon models that you would almost mistake as the standard model if not for the shiny sparkle animations as you entered the battle. The only real change in aesthetic from the original model is that this one is a slightly deeper shade of pink than a normal Igglybuff. However, the change is no minuscule we would forgive you for not even noticing.

However, don’t stress too much, because if you evolve this Pokemon, you get cool shiny versions of either Jigglypuff or wigglytuff which have glowing green eyes rather than the standard blue color. So all your effort breeding a shiny Igglybuff will not all be for nothing. However, you might find it easier catching a shiny Jigglypuff instead.

Iggly, Wiggly, and Jiggly

As you can see, Igglybuff has a lot to offer as far as pre-evolution Pokemon are concerned. This Pokemon is a great duo partner, an excellent stalling Pokemon, has a lot of SP Attack potential and if you aren’t into battling with baby Pokemon, this Pokemon grows into a formidable force in the form of Wigglytuff. While pre-evolutions were a notion that the Pokemon community didn’t exactly enjoy when Game Freak pushed them on the Pokemon faithful, it’s hard to argue that Igglybuff is cute and more than earns its place on the current roster. So be sure to go and get yourself one and complete that Pokedex.


Question: How Many Pre-Evolution Pokemon are There?

Answer: Perhaps it is best to define what a pre-evolution Pokemon is first to give some clarity. A pre-evolution Pokemon is basically a baby Pokemon. These Pokemon are the only ones within the game that cannot be bred as they are not mature, adult Pokemon and most of these Pokemon do not evolve due to leveling but instead, due to the bond that it has with the trainer and the Pokemon’s friendship level. Now that that’s all cleared up, here is a list of all the pre-evolution Pokemon available to date:
• Pichu
• Togepi
• Elekid
• Igglybuff
• Riolu
• Munchlax
• Smoochum
• Tyrogue
• Clefairy
• Magby
• Azzurill
• Wynaut
• Budew
• Magby
• Bonsley
• Mime Jr
• Chingling
• Happiny
• Mantyke
• Toxel

Answer: While this is a little bit of a subjective question, there is a rather definitive answer. While this Pokemon was always likely to be admired by the Pokemon community thanks to its cute and colorful aesthetic. The reason why so many fans took to this objectively rather weak competitive Pokemon is because of the original Pokemon anime series.
Jigglypuff was known as a rather charismatic, jealous, and sassy Pokemon, which led to great viewing and usually some characters covered in marker ink. So we reckon this Pokemon’s mass appeal is largely down to its personification in the anime series.

Question:What Other Pokemon Evolve with a Moon Stone?

Answer: Much like Jigglypuff, there are several Pokemon that evolve thanks to evolutionary stones and more specifically, moonstones. These stones used to be a dime a dozen in Pokemon games.

However, in the latest versions, players have been limited to just a small quantity of stones to work with, often leading to trading to get the Pokemon or items they need instead. So more than ever, it is important to know what your evolution stones are good for and to use them wisely. With that in mind, here is a list of all the Pokemon that can use moonstone to evolve:
• Jigglypuff
• Nidorino
• Nidorina
• Clefairy
• Skitty
• Munna
So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the information you could ever need on the Pokemon, Igglybuff. What did you make of this guide? Was this useful and informative? What other Pokemon would you like us to cover? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

Final Thoughts

So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the information you could ever need on the Pokemon, Igglybuff. What did you make of this guide? Was this useful and informative? What other Pokemon would you like us to cover? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

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